Vince: Spain's first tropical cyclone

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:44 PM GMT on October 11, 2005

Tropical Storm Vince made history today as the first tropical cyclone ever recorded to hit Spain. Vince scooted just south of Portugal and came ashore on the southwest Spanish coast opposite Sevilla. Vince made landfall as a tropical depression with 35 mph sustained winds and a central pressure of 1002 mb. Heavy rains and sustained winds of 31 mph with winds gusts of 48 mph were measured at Rota, Spain today, and winds of 36 mph gusting to 51 mph were measured at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Vince is no longer a tropical cyclone, and is not expected to cause damage in Spain. In fact, since Spain and Portugal are suffering their worst drought in 120 years, Vince will bring welcome rains to many areas.

Figure 1. Hurricane Vince at landfall. Image credit: Navy Research Lab, Monterey, CA.

The only other tropical cyclone I could find record of to hit Europe was Hurricane Debbie, which hit northwest Ireland on September 16, 1961 as a Category 1 hurricane. Wind gusts as high as 113 mph were measured in the storm at Malin Head, the northernmost point in Ireland. Debbies's winds caused widespread destruction in Ireland's County Denegal.

Puerto Rico disturbance
A large area of disturbed weather extends from Bermuda southwards to Puerto Rico and then westward across much of the Caribbean Sea. Wind shear levels in the disturbed area are about 20 knots--too high for tropical storm develoment today. This wind shear may relax over the next few days, possibly allowing some developement to occur. Most of the global computer models continue to predict that a tropical storm will form from this disturbed area later this week and move north to threaten Bermuda. However, the models are being less aggressive with this development than in previous runs, and in general, the tropics are looking much less conducive for tropical storm formation than a week ago.

Figure 2. Current radar precipiation estimates out of Puerto Rico show heavy rains from a tropical disturbance have affected most of the island.

Improving weather has let rescuers reach many of the hardest-hit areas of Guatemala flooded by Hurricane Stan's rains last week. A new mudslide in the west part of the country buried up to 40 more vicitms Monday, and many hundreds more remain missing and presumed buried throughout the country.

Northeast U.S. flooding
The remains of Tropical Storm Tammy cause extensive flooding in New England and the mid Atlantic the past two days, killing at least ten and bringing New Hampshire its worst flooding in a least 25 years. With additional rain beginning tonight and extending through Thursday, New England can expect continued flooding problems this week. New rain amounts may be as high as 2 - 3 inches in some areas.

Figure 3. Radar estimates of rainfall in New Engalnd from the remains of Tropical Storm Tammy.

Jeff Masters

The power of water (MemaNH)
A car ended up leaning against this tree when the Cold River flooded this weekend.
The power of water
Bridge collapsed (MemaNH)
This used to be a pretty double-arched bridge across the Cold River. This weekend's flood destroyed it.
Bridge collapsed

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233. Pensacola21
8:25 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
See you guys tomorrow!! =) Bye Bye
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232. CoconutCreekFLA
4:25 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Hi 21: what makes you say that?
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231. MandyFSU
8:22 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Thanks... Just wondering if I should keep my guard up or if we're pretty well in the clear...
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230. Pensacola21
8:19 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
My very uneducated guess is that south FL may get hit, but not Northwest...
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229. 8888888889gg
8:15 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
i think that FL may get one more landfall be we are all done and i think that FL did not get to mean hurricane this year as in makeing land fall tthen they did last year or did they
228. 8888888889gg
8:11 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
i have a new blog up
227. MandyFSU
8:12 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Does anyone think Florida will get hit again this season?
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226. Pensacola21
7:57 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Orion are you still there? I have a question for you. I recall you saying that you liked wine??
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225. rxse7en
7:56 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
More info on the "Great Hurricane of 1987."

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224. Pensacola21
7:47 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Thanks for the info lefty..
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223. hootiethebooty
7:36 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Coco, LOL. Barney is a wimp! My daughter had every care bear that was created and I was never intimidated by thier stare! LOL
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222. leftyy420
7:30 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Member Since: August 24, 2005 Posts: 35 Comments: 1987
221. stormydee
7:30 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
thanks lefty, greatly appreciated..
OK, everyone else get back to your nonsense, Im outta here.
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220. leftyy420
7:26 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
stormy the low south of cuba is dispating. allthe modelssuggest a low now just north opfprwill form into a hybrid storm, subtropical in 36-48 hrs. the last gfdl run sugessted a possible cat 1 but i doubt it will be that strong. that looks to be the only area of possible development for 5-7 days maybe longer
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219. dcw
7:27 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
*pulls extremely large gun out of the Barney Bag*
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218. stormydee
7:26 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Link...if only the floater loop were further south and west....
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217. stormydee
7:23 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Theres weather out there
No more Care Bears
Barney is so queer
I wanna talk storms here

Thanks :-)

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216. stormydee
7:22 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Link computer model of the mess...
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215. CoconutCreekFLA
3:20 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Bootie: apparently, you don't appreciate the true power of the Care Bear Stare!!

Don't make me send Barney after you. I took down Orion and I can do the same to the Bootie!!!!! Please give the Care Bears the proper respect deserved!
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214. stormydee
7:18 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
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213. hootiethebooty
7:11 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Guys and gals, it can't be Harry Potter. Harry's powers are only effective against Voldemort. As book 6 revealed that Harry's powers against Voldemort are so strong because his mother loved him so much and she sacrificed herself to save Harry against Voldemort.

My answer is Gandolf all the way. Gandolf keeps going off into oblivion, but always makes a comback even to the very end. The care Bears are cartoons and don't have any experience against real evil. Lastly, Merlin does not exist anymore.
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212. stormydee
7:15 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Link my local radar...lucky me, played hookie and got a cloud tan. :-)
Now, gotta work tomorrow, no sun for me. :-(
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211. dcw
7:13 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
A tropical wave centered near Jamacia at 14.5N 75.5W has developed a rotation this afternoon, and developed banding features. If this trend continues...advisories will be initiated on Tropical Depression 25 at 5PM EST.

-From the AHC.
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210. CoconutCreekFLA
3:12 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
You're hanging out in the wrong area. Gorgeous down here.

I've been doing some serious multi-tasking today - blogging while doing other work - but now I must focus.

I'll check in later

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209. Pensacola21
7:10 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
LOL Guygee, bless her heart!
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208. stormydee
7:09 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
So much for a sun-filled day...the weather guy was wrong, once again....
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207. CoconutCreekFLA
3:08 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
That commercial will give kids some serious nightmares!
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206. guygee
7:06 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Thanks for the laughs all. Will check back later...
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205. dcw
7:05 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I hate you
You hate me
We're an evil family
With a great big gun
And a bullet through his head
Won't you say that Barney's dead

That one was popular when I was young.
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204. CoconutCreekFLA
3:07 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Hi StormJunkie!
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203. oriondarkwood
3:05 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Check this out people the UN bombs the SMURFS (YEEAH)

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202. StormJunkie
7:02 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Afternoon all.

Off to work, but just wanted to stop in and say hello.

Will check in later, but things look pretty slow out there right now.

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201. dcw
6:44 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Lol, see what we are reduced to with no storms? We're debating the coolness of creatures whos entire vocabulary is "oooo" "gahgoh" and their own names.

Orion: I'd have to go with the Care Bears too. You know with all that exterior cuteness there has to be a raving lunatic inside just screaming to get out. I'd be particularly afraid of the one with the stars on his belly!

LOL @ that.
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200. guygee
6:52 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Heh, those songs sound too close for comfort. I have four sons. The youngest, when he was around 1-2 years old, would throw himself on the floor, really really hard, when he got angry. Once my wife was holding his arm and he pulled that stunt, shoulder socket popped out. We had some 'splainin' to do at the hospital.

He has not changed, we all have our household chores, we switch off weekly. He refuses, refuses, REFUSES to wash dishes. So last night I told the family I was packing away the dishes and we were going to only eat microwave TV dinners from now on, then I set the older brothers loose. I eventually had to go save the younger ones life.

Well, we tried real hard for a girl, one or two could have been a good influence, but instead it's "The Jungle". My poor wife, no wonder she stays overtime at work every day.
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199. Pensacola21
7:00 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
LOL Coconut
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198. oriondarkwood
2:56 PM EDT on October 11, 2005

My kid is still into Dora not as much as she was a year ago (we got her house and all the additions to it, now she rarely plays with it, about tempted to house her hamster in it (LOL)
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197. CoconutCreekFLA
2:56 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Dora is cool but that little monkey she travels with is scarey!
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196. Pensacola21
6:56 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Bye PB!!
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195. cgableshurrycanegal
2:53 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
posted to ADMIN about showing all 193 comments as involves alot of scrolling to comment etc.,
Have to go earn some hard cash... or at least pretend I'm trying! Later!
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194. Pensacola21
6:50 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I keep having to get off the site bc my boss is walking in and out, in and out, in and outtttt!!! I am going nuts!!

Hey what about DORA? All my neices and nephews on my fiance's side love Dora..
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193. CoconutCreekFLA
2:52 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
Bye, PB!

Let's meet at 7p.m. for band practice!
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192. palmbeacher
6:51 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
I gotta go kids. It has been real fun!!! Everyone have a good evening!
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191. oriondarkwood
2:49 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
I hate you,
you hate me,
let's shoot our families
with a great big boom
And a big f**k u
Won't you hate me too?
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190. hurricanewayne
6:50 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Hope this will not be another Mitch! I bet the computer models will start picking up on this soon and will be invest area!
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188. palmbeacher
6:49 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
Don't freak me out like that CC. He very well could be on here!! AAAAHHHHHHH
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187. hurricanewayne
6:39 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
WOW check out the last few frames of the system just south of Jamaica. looks like its starting to get its act together.. I see good outflow on all sides lookes like some banding features as well is starting to take shape..TD23??
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186. CoconutCreekFLA
2:48 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
I am your 9-year old son!

Hi Mom!!
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185. palmbeacher
6:47 PM GMT on October 11, 2005
My 9 year old sons version sounds like that one cc
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184. CoconutCreekFLA
2:46 PM EDT on October 11, 2005
I don't love you
You don't love me
We're not a happy family
With a great big push
And a mean look from me to you
Won't you say you don't love me too?

I don't love you
You don't love me
We're not best friends
Like friends should be
With a great big push
And a mean look from me to you
Won't you say you don't love me too?
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183. oriondarkwood
2:44 PM EDT on October 11, 2005

I ain't dead from Barney (thier used to be a BBS game called Barney Splat). Remenber I am posting for work and sometimes I actually have to work, more so once I get another job or get unemployed (at the end of the month).
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